Trade association LARAC has suggested that direct charging for collection of waste should be considered throughout the UK.
The debate has started with the publication of a new policy paper, in which LARAC has said that industry and government need to work together to provide funding into a system suffering from cuts to local authority budgets.
Alongside the recommendation to implement a direct charging system, the organisation also said that major producer responsibility reform is needed.
LARAC chair Carole Taylor said: “Millions of pounds of public money are used each year to build and run these services but after years of austerity the current funding model is no longer fit for purpose.
“We need to decouple the provision of waste services from council tax and move it to something that the supply chain and users are responsible for. This will mean some difficult conversations across industry and consideration of thorny policy areas, but it is time to grasp those particular nettles.”
LARAC believes that without a complete change of the current finance system, high recycling levels of household waste will be “virtually impossible to achieve”.
It has argued that ongoing spend on waste and recycling by councils means that other key services including education and care services are not getting its funding, impacting the more vulnerable people in society.